01.28.04 (RISU.org.ua) Kyiv -- From 22 to 26 January 2004, Metropolitan
Volodymyr (Sabodan), head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow
Patriarchate (UOC-MP), met with the ambassadors to Ukraine from France,
Israel and Hungary.
During a meeting on 22 January, Metropolitan Volodymyr and French
Ambassador Philippe de Suremain discussed the church split in Ukraine, its
reasons, and the negative impact on the spiritual revival of the Ukrainian
Ambassador Suremain stated that nowhere in the world do so many people go
to church as go to Orthodox churches in Ukraine. He also added that the
number of monasteries and monks and nuns testify not only to a visible
renewal of what had been lost during the years of atheism, but also to a
new spirituality and real practice of Christian life, which according to
the ambassador does not exist in France.
On 26 January, Metropolitan Volodymyr met with Naomi Ben-Ami, Israeli
ambassador to Ukraine, and discussed the problems of Orthodox Ukrainian
citizens traveling to Israel.
Later that day, Metropolitan Volodymyr met with Janosz Tot, Hungarian
ambassador to Ukraine. They discussed the current religious situation in
Ukraine. Ambassador Tot told the metropolitan about the present state of
and prospects for religious development in Hungary.